Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Zen Doctrine of No-Mind: The Significance of the Sutra of Hui-Neng (Wei-Lang) by D. T. Suzuki

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Dedicated largely to the teaching of Hui Neng, this volume covers the purpose and technique of Zen training, and goes further into the depths of Zen than any other work of modern times. Here we find no reliance on scripture or a Savior, for the student isshown how to go beyond thought in order to achieve a state of consciousness beyond duality.

While I do not promote self-salvation, to read this will give some insight as to how some people think. Some techniques are valid and helpful.

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The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11 by John Farmer

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From the senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, a mesmerizing real-time portrayal of September 11th, 2001, why we weren’t told the truth, and why our nation is still at risk

As one of the primary authors of the 9/11 Commission Report, John Farmer is proud of his and his colleagues’ work. Yet he came away from the experience convinced that there was a further story of the September 11th attacks to be told, one he was uniquely qualified to write.

Now that shocking story can be told. Tape recordings, transcripts, and contemporaneous records that had been classified have since been declassified, and the inspector general’s investigations of government conduct have been completed. Drawing on his knowledge of those sources, as well as his years as an attorney in public and private practice, Farmer reconstructs what happened on September 11th, 2001 and the disastrous circumstances that allowed it: the institutionalized disconnect between what those on the ground knew and what those in power did. He details—terrifyingly and illuminatingly—the key moments in the years, months, weeks, and days that preceded the attacks, then descends almost in real time through the attacks themselves, portraying them as they have never before been seen.

Ultimately, Farmer builds the inescapably convincing case that the official version not only is almost entirely untrue but serves to create a false impression of order and American national security. The result is “a major, carefully documented and deeply disturbing book, one that deserves the most serious attention of every American concerned about our future” (Haynes Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author).

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Teen-Proofing: Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager by John Rosemond

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John Rosemond is a renowned child psychologist who has helped millions of parents learn to raise their children and remain sane. In Teen-Proofing, now available in paperback, he tackles the challenges of raising a teenager with his trademark user-friendly, humorous, and commonsense style. Rosemond lays out a perfectly sound and logical case for recognizing the realities of the teen-parent relationship, forming the foundation, and parenting with the “Long Rope Principle.” In short, the author demonstrates how Mom and Dad can avoid the pitfalls of becoming dictatorial “Control Freaks,” skirt the potholes of turning into permissive “Wimps,” and enjoy the freedom and rewards of parenting in a controlled (but not controlling) and relaxed manner. Teenagers, Rosemond readily admits, can be a challenge. But infusing young adults with a sense of personal responsibility, then showing them the results of good and bad choices, is a goal every parent can achieve.

I heard about this book from my sister. I found it chock full of great child & teen rearing advice and information. The basis, without a spoiler alert, is that at some point children must be held accountable for their decisions. No better time to start doing so than at the cusp & beginning of teen-hood years. By the time they graduate they will understand true independent thinking, as opposed to the dependent thinking mindset that most kids graduate with.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

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